Tutor Training & Resources

Tutor Training

How does Wisdom’s Way work, and what are Best Practices for Wisdom’s Way tutors?

Wisdom’s Way Tutor Training begins with general methods for the Christian and Classical tutor, and goes class by class through best practices, tips, and tricks for tutoring these subjects—whether teaching at home with your own children or tutoring a class at Wisdom’s Way.

Friday Evening

SESSION 1

Introduction, Christian & Classical Methods

SESSION 2

All Knowledge Students—New Lessons: Classical Languages

SESSION 3

Later Knowledge Classes—Overview

SESSION 4

Later Knowledge—Literature, History, & Summaries

Saturday Morning

SESSION 5

All Knowledge Students—Grammar of Grace New Lessons & Other Subjects

SESSION 6

Later Knowledge Students—Morning Devotions

SESSION 7

Later Knowledge Classes—Latin

SESSION 8

Later Knowledge—Little Extras

Saturday Afternoon

SESSION 9

All/Early Knowledge Classes—Other Classes

SESSION 10

Early & Later Knowledge Students—Greek

SESSION 11

Later Knowledge Classes—English

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SESSION 12

Later Knowledge—Big Extras

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SESSION 13

Later Knowledge Classes—Prep Year & 2nd Year Specifics

Tutor Resources

This is my (Robyn’s) entire Tutor Notebook.  There are all sorts of resources we use in our Wisdom’s Way—some that we developed ourselves, and some that we found for free online.  There are…

  • Blank templates you might like to use.
  • Filled-in lesson plans for each week.  (You might find my notes cryptic, but sometimes when people see my notes they find them helpful, so I’ve included them all.)
  • Lesson plans for Geography, Art, Science, and Classical Music.
  • Images I used for Art, Timeline, Geography, etc.
  • Promotional and informational materials we created for Wisdom’s Way.
  • Handouts I’ve passed out at meetings, if you’d like ideas.
  • Miscellaneous other stuff we use.

Please make use of whatever you find helpful!

General

ORGANIZATION FOR EVERY YEAR

Tutor Lesson Plan (blank)

Wisdom’s Way Theme Song  (I give every student & parent a copy.)

Oral Interpretation Schedule & Skills Overview

Tutor Planning Meeting Agenda (blank)

Tutor Notebook Cover (blank)

Tutor Notebook Organization  (what I use, if it helps)

Trivium Tuesday and Ideas for other books to study

ADMIN & PROMOTIONAL

2020-2021 WW Bonham Info Packet

Registration Form  (Yes, we charge tuition; the tuitions we take in are really only a drop in the bucket compared to our costs, but we hope to reach the break-even point at some time.  In order to make sure everyone who wants to join our local Wisdom’s Way is not precluded by financial considerations, we cap tuition for Tutors and other workers at $250 per family.)

HSLDA Discount Group  This is a great program; I recommend joining it.

Calendar  I found this editable calendar online.  Every new schoolyear, before I begin editing for the new schoolyear, I “Save As” and make a new copy in my files.

Wisdom’s Way Orientation 2018, 2019 & 2020

IMAGES

Color Divide  (background I used for the first page of the Info Packet)

WW logo

WW logo colors

  • blue: 275676
  • green: 558b55
  • white/cream: f1f1e0

Grammar of Grace & All/Early Knowledge Classes

CYCLE 1

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

Note:  This year of Wisdom’s Way was cut short by government mandates and church closures (spring of 2020); we only met through Week 24.

GRAMMAR OF GRACE MEMORY LESSONS TEACHING NOTES  here

These notes are mostly helpful for ideas for handmotions.  (Whenever possible, our handmotion would be based on the Timeline image, so check those out, too.)

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES―GREEK

Koine for Kids, 3 pages each week, together in class.

MUSIC PLAN―CLASSICAL PERIOD

Specific pieces listed in the weekly Tutor Lesson Plans.  I bought the 99¢ Big Haydn and Big Mozart Boxes, on digital download, from Amazon.

ART COPYWORK  here

We gave the children several weeks to work on each Art Copywork assignment, this year.  Sometimes, we would overlay a grid on top of the work to be copied, and give the children grid paper instead of plain paper, and instruct them to fill in one grid at a time (even if they could only copy one grid in a whole art class!).  Then, we might copy the same work again without the grid.

We also spent several weeks doing Art Appreciation, using What Do You See?  Vol. 1, by Laurie Bluedorn.  You can buy the digital edition cheap for Kindle.  We would look at the pictures on a TV or laptop screen, and I would open up the questions on my iphone.  The children loved it and learned a lot.

The weekly assignments are written on the weekly Tutor Lesson Plans.

GEOGRAPHY  here

Cycle 2

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

One of the mysteries of this year is what happened to my notes from Weeks 20-21.  Ah, the things we look forward to learning when we get to heaven…

GRAMMAR OF GRACE MEMORY LESSONS TEACHING NOTES  here

Again, these notes are mostly helpful for ideas for handmotions.  (And again, whenever possible, our handmotion would be based on the Timeline image.)

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES―HEBREW

Shalom Alef Bet, 3 pages each week, together in class.

GEOGRAPHY―OLD WORLD  here

NATURAL PHILOSOPHY (SCIENCE)―EARTH & SKY  here

Extras:  We displayed these images on a TV screen, so the children could see them better; here are the folders for the pictures we used for the Solar System Tour (W10) and Galaxies (W12).

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH  here

One of our Wisdom’s Way moms is fluent in Spanish; she created this plan for our class.  She would read all of these things in Spanish and English every week, and have us say them with her, with repetition, like a language learning tape.  It was great!

END OF YEAR PRESENTATION & CELEBRATION

Study Sheet for all of the families to practice with here, and full Program for grandmothers (who might not understand everything our precious angels say) here.

Cycle 3

(Mostly in the works…)

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

GRAMMAR OF GRACE MEMORY LESSONS TEACHING NOTES  here

These notes are mostly helpful for ideas for handmotions.  Also, sketchy ideas for Ephesians 6 Hand Motions here; for verses 12–18, we used the hand motions from Scripture Talk DVD.

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES―GREEK

Koine for Kids, 3 pages each week, together in class.

MUSIC PLAN―

Cycle 4

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

These aren’t as fancy as they would be in later cycles, but do not despise the day of small beginnings! 🙂

GRAMMAR OF GRACE MEMORY LESSONS TEACHING NOTES  here

These notes are mostly helpful for ideas for handmotions.

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES―HEBREW

Shalom Alef Bet, 3 pages each week, together in class.

MUSIC PLAN―BAROQUE  here

After the first week of playing music during The Art of Conversation class, it seemed better not to play music during class; details in the Tutor Lesson Plans.

ART COPYWORK  here

This cycle, we had Art & Classical Music class every single week for 24 weeks at Wisdom’s Way.  This is the basic plan and the artwork we used for copying; it was wonderful.  Details about what we did weekly in the Tutor Lesson Plans.

GEOGRAPHY―Geography Basics & North America  here

We studied Geography for 6 weeks; details in the Tutor Lesson Plans.  Each family in our local Wisdom’s Way has bought a copy of Exploring the World Through Cartography.  I’m not crazy about a lot of the text in that book, but it has some gorgeous maps that we love to use.  You will see pages in that book referenced in the Geography lesson plans.

THE ART OF CONVERSATION  here

This was a really fun 6-week class.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH

One of our Wisdom’s Way moms is fluent in Spanish, and she taught us Conversational Spanish for 6 weeks.  She focused on teaching us Christian sayings, like “God bless you”, and also added greetings, basic sayings, etc.  She used several songs, such as the days of the week and the months of the year.

PRESENTATION & CELEBRATION  here

Here’s how we planned our End of Year Presentation, if you’d like ideas.  If was fabulous; all the grandparents came, too; and we had a lovely feast afterward, of course!

TIMELINE  here

We used these songs & poems when we were learning the kings & queens of England.

Later Knowledge Classes

1st Year Later Knowledge

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

These are the same lesson plans as my Cycle 4 Grammar of Grace/Early Knowledge lesson plans, in case you find them helpful; I use one page for everything I’m tutoring, so they’re both on one page.

BONUS:  ORRERY  here

Seriously cool.

2nd Year Later Knowledge

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

These are the same lesson plans as my Cycle 1 Grammar of Grace/Early Knowledge lesson plans, in case you find them helpful.

3rd Year Later Knowledge

TUTOR LESSON PLANS  here

These are the same lesson plans as my Cycle 2 Grammar of Grace/Early Knowledge lesson plans, in case you find them helpful.